Mary Ryerse

Board Director

Mary is the Director of Strategic Design for Getting Smart, a learning innovation and design firm. She has extensive experience in K-12, HigherEd, and EdTech. Areas of emphasis have included strategy, leadership, scaling effective practices, social emotional learning, readiness, and effective use of technology to improve equity and access.

Mary co-authored, with Tom Vander Ark, the book Smart Cities that Work for Everyone: 7 Keys to Education and Employment. She has published several papers, blogs regularly for Getting Smart and EdWeek, and was an XQ Super School judge.

Prior to her recent roles, Mary served as a teacher, school administrator and central office administrator in both Washington State and Minnesota. She also worked for the State Department of Education in Washington and served as an adjunct professor at Gonzaga University.

Mary holds a B.A. from Gustavus Adolphus College, a M.Ed. in Education Administration from Whitworth University and a Superintendent’s Credential from Gonzaga University. She is committed to opening up opportunities for students of all ages and lives in the Twin Cities with her husband and their three sons.

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About Education Evolving

Education Evolving is a Minnesota-based nonprofit organization working to improve public education.

Our mission is to advance student-centered learning for all students, by supporting teachers designing and leading schools, and by advocating for policy that catalyzes community-led innovation.

Our founders and leaders have been instrumental in innovations such as open enrollment and public school choice, the nation's first charter school law, and schools designed and run by teachers.

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